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Department of State

New Jersey Historical Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Lawnside: New Jersey's First Incorporated Black Town
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

For more than 200 years, African Americans in the North have fought for political power, economic freedom and voting rights by buying land, building homes, establishing churches, schools and civic organizations. Lawnside, New Jersey, is a powerful example of this vision as New Jersey's first incorporated municipality governed by descendants of enslaved and free African Americans. Join us to learn about this vibrant community that still thrives despite the state's Jim Crow past and other challenges.

Join Lawnside historians and residents Linda Shockley, Ellen Benson, Muneerah Higgs and New Jersey Historical Commission moderator Noelle Lorraine Williams.

This event is free to attend with pre-registration.

The New Jersey Historical Commission is a division of the Department of State. This program is a part of the Commission's African American History Program series "Black Is: African American History and Sites in New Jersey."

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